• Brown Butter Blondies

    I have always found blondies to be the most boring baked good ever to grace a potluck. If you’re having trouble remembering what blondies are, they are that tray of beige squares that some overworked mom dumped off at every bake sale or class birthday.  Sometimes she added some M&M’s or marshmallows (or sprinkles) in a desperate attempt to jazz up what was clearly a less-than-exemplary dessert. They are almost always either too cakey, or too crumbly, and consistently monotonous in flavor. But these… these brown butter blondies are not that.  Nay, my friends, the humble blondie has been elevated! It now exemplifies the beautiful chewy texture of it’s sister, the…

  • Quadruple Chocolate Cookies – No Such Thing as Too Much Chocolate

    Chicago winter has arrived. I’m a little bit of a humbug, so my mood in November usually starts with depression that Halloween is over, then anger over people skipping Thanksgiving and going straight to Christmas, then a big fat groan upon hearing the first Christmas song of the season, and eventually settles on grumpy old man style mumbling about kids these days and shuffling around Target reluctantly shopping for secret Santa gifts with my hair shoved under my hat making me look like a cone head. Maybe it was years of retail that turned me against the Holidays. Or maybe it was working in Emergency Rooms (dark stuff my friends). Or…